Channel 4 is to screen a documentary featuring exclusive interviews with Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted yesterday of the involuntary manslaughter of pop superstar Michael Jackson.
Due to broadcast in the coming week, the programme – currently entitled Michael Jackson and the Doctor: a Fatal Friendship – delves into the strange, reclusive world inhabited by the King of Pop during the last three months of his life.
It examines Jackson’s relationship with his doctor, Murray, who became his close confidant, and reveals Murray’s accounts of the events that led to Jackson’s death while under his care.
The film, by award-winning director Tom Roberts, draws on a series of exclusive interviews with Murray that began filming in November 2009 – five months after Jackson’s death, but before Murray was charged – and continue throughout the intervening years, and into his recent trial.
Michael Jackson died of a heart attack, aged 50, in June 2009 after taking a combination of sedatives and the powerful anaesthetic propofol. He had been preparing for a series of comeback concerts, the This Is It tour, due to take place at the O2 Arena in London.
Yesterday, Murray was convicted of gross negligence leading to involuntary manslaughter for administering propofol as a sleeping aid.
Murray, 58, will remain in custody until 29 November, when sentencing will take place. He could face up to four years in prison and is likely to lose his medical licence.